Heartbeat: Season 1 Reviews

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June 14, 2018
Heartbeat is another forgettable medical drama that... will only leave audiences feeling sorry for doctors and their love lives, and scared to ever enter a hospital like this.
September 26, 2016
The good news is that after the precarious beginning, when you fall into the rhythm of the series -- tight, barbed, fast-cut but full of heart, literally and figuratively -- it's an enjoyable night in.
March 29, 2016
Soapy, bloody medical drama lacks a pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 23, 2016
After about 10 minutes of watching the premiere in catatonic disbelief mixed with unstoppable fits of giggling, I buckled in and prepared to see just how bad this show could get. My diagnosis: pretty darned bad!
March 23, 2016
Some of it might have been written by a computer, sure, but a better class of computer than sometimes is hired to write for TV.
March 23, 2016
The situation is growing desperate in America's fake hospitals. Not from a financial crisis or a nursing shortage. It's a desperation of plotting.
March 23, 2016
Here's the problem with viewers getting accustomed to smart, high-quality shows on cable: In their wake, broadcast network shows seem particularly fake, predictable and just all-around lame. Such is the case with NBC's Heartbeat.
March 22, 2016
Given the fact that Heartbeat tries to present Alex as a feminist role-model, it's unfortunate that she is defined almost entirely by the men around her.
March 22, 2016
NBC's Heartbeat is an annoying anachronism of a show, a program that openly steals ideas from better shows like Grey's Anatomy, ER and House, but has no idea what to do with them.
March 22, 2016
It's a bad show in general, but what is most disappointing is that we could use more procedurals that are helmed by a female character.
March 22, 2016
Props to Dr. Magliato for being a famous cardiothoracic surgeon. She should actually be a bit offended that this show managed to distill her impressive life into a series of awful cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 22, 2016
The rest of us aren't likely to last much past the scene in which Alex pounds on the glass walls in her boss' office and shrieks, "I'm not leaving without my heart!" Whatever. Just go.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 22, 2016
Mawkishly manipulative when it isn't being annoyingly self-satisfied, Heartbeat works off an overused prescription pad of familiar plot devices.
March 21, 2016
NBC's new medical drama Heartbeat is Grey's Anatomy for morons.
March 21, 2016
While the likable cast - which includes D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy and Maya Erskine - is easy to root for, there is little else to distinguish "Heartbeat" from numerous other medical shows.
March 21, 2016
The show's supporting characters are all some combination of bland, unbelievable, and/or reprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 21, 2016
One wishes the series would fixate less on the chaos of [Dr.] Panttiere's love life. For all the longing gazes and hasty workplace hookups, Heartbeat is at its most pulse-pounding when it simply steps back to let her do her job.
March 21, 2016
Creatively, this badly cast, risibly written medical soap is as close to dead on arrival as a series can get.
March 21, 2016
Heartbeat seems like a Rhimes show, but it isn't one. It's Grey's Anatomy without the charm.
March 21, 2016
The series plays like a rather pallid Grey's Anatomy knockoff, featuring another doctor who cares desperately about her patients, runs roughshod over subordinates and bosses alike, and walks and talks very, very fast.
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